Already, in rule #8, Databases we have showed that
the Bible threatens destruction by using animal symbolism.
Perhaps the most famous example of animal symbolism is Gn49
which contains the animal symbolism of the twelve tribes.
Verse Nu22-04c discussing Moab's fear of invasion by
the Jews states
And Moab said unto the elders of Midian: 'Now will this multitude lick up all that is round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field.' --And Balak the son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time.--
We have explained in rule #8, databases the symbolism of
using the ox, a domestic animal, to symbolize violence, which is
usually symbolized by wild animals.
The Jews aren't a military people. Their goals are not conquest.
But they are like an ox plowing a field. The ox is not trying to
destroy anything but must consume much pasture to do a days work.
So too the Jews are not trying to destroy anything. But to achieve
their goal of transporting several million people to Israel they
must consume many nations in their path. I am worried I will be
Sermonic Points: We have explained above that this interpretation implies that Balak was
not an antisemite. He used politically correct language to describe
his fears - The Jews aren't mean, they just have strong needs because
of their journey to Israel and therefore will destroy many nations in their
path. Such an interpretation has relevance to understanding milder
forms of Jewish antisemitism.